Let Her Go (Passenger song)

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"Let Her Go"
Single by Passenger
from the album All the Little Lights
Released 24 July 2012
(see release history)
Format Digital download
Recorded Linear Recording, Sydney, March 2011
Genre Folk rock, indie pop
Length 4:13 (Album Version)
3:37 (Radio Edit)
Label Embassy of Music, Black Crow, Sony (distribution), Nettwerk
Writer(s) Mike Rosenberg
Producer(s) Mike Rosenberg, Chris Vallejo
Passenger singles chronology
"The Wrong Direction"
(2012)
"Let Her Go"
(2012)
"Holes"
(2013)
Music video
"Let Her Go" on YouTube
Music sample
18-second sample from Passenger's Let Her Go

"Let Her Go" is a song written and recorded by British singer-songwriter Passenger. It was recorded at Sydney's Linear Recording and co-produced by Mike Rosenberg and Chris Vallejo. The recording features Australian musicians Stu Larsen, Georgia Mooney, Stu Hunter, Cameron Undy and Glenn Wilson. "Let Her Go" was released in July 2012 as the second single from Passenger's third album, All the Little Lights.

International success[edit]

"Let Her Go" was released in July 2012 as the second single from Passenger's third album All the Little Lights. The song became a hit first in the Netherlands after Dave, a Dutch fan e-mailed Passenger expressing his wish to introduce the song to some Dutch radio stations claiming it would be possibly a hit in the Netherlands. This resulted in the song trending on Dutch stations and finding enormous commercial success with the Dutch public. The song reached top of Dutch Top 40 in December 2012 staying at the top for two weeks.

Since 2013, and after initial success in the Netherlands, the song has reached number-one in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, number two in the UK Singles Chart, number five in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on Billboard Hot Rock Songs, making it his first international success. The song has sold over 1 million digital copies in the UK,[1] and over 4 million in the US as of July 2014.[2]

In 2014 the song was nominated for the Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and won Passenger the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work.[3][4]

Structure, instrumentation and lyrics[edit]

The lyrics of the song are poetic and bitter; describing the regrets of breaking up. The chorus describes situations in which you don't appreciate what you have until it's gone, and relates this to love. The verses give detailed scenes involving a heartbroken man dealing with his breakup.

"Let Her Go" is driven by a chorus which is repeated five times throughout the song. The second half of the final chorus is performed acapella. Including acoustic guitar and vocals from Rosenberg, backing vocals, piano, drums, bass, and strings, the song is instrumentally diverse. The song is performed in the key of G major, played with a capo on the seventh fret of the guitar.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed and produced by the Australian video artist Dave Jensen and Tavic[5] that shows the stage being prepared for a Passenger concert, with footage of Passenger performance with his backing band and shots of the audience present reacting.

Track listing[edit]

Digital promo
No. Title Length
1. "Let Her Go"   4:13
CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Let Her Go" (Album Version) 4:12
2. "Let Her Go" (Acoustic) 4:27
Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Let Her Go"   4:13
2. "Let Her Go" (Acoustic) 4:27
3. "Let Her Go" (Live Version) 4:05

Cover versions[edit]

Taylor Henderson, the runner-up of the fifth series of The X Factor Australia, performed it during the show. He also covered it in his debut self-titled album released through Sony Music Australia on 29 November 2013. The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.

In October 2013, a piano-driven version of the track was sung by young Italian singer Violetta Zironi during season 7 of the Italian version of The X Factor. The track was also recorded and included in her debut EP Dimmi che non passa released in December 2013.

British singer Birdy recorded a cover version called "Let Him Go" in 2013 on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[6] It was also covered by Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation on the album Hydra (iTunes version) and The Q-Music Sessions, as well as by Jasmine Thompson on the album Bundle of Tantrums.

An unreleased acoustic version of the song was donated to support college radio in the USA on the 2013 College Radio Day Vol. 2 album. The song was limited to being on only the CD version of the album (only 1,500 copies have been pressed).[7]

In February 2014, a club remix of the song was released by Swedish DJ and producer Avicii[8] featuring Passenger's vocals.

In August 2014, Glen Templeton made a country cover of the song.[9]

In October 2014, bulgarian singer Maria released a song with, also bulgarian singer, Azis called: "Чуй ме" (Chuy Me, Hear Me). The original version had an intro that featured Let Her Go,[10] but later on was officially edited due to copyright. Now the song has a different tone at the beginning.[10]

In popular culture[edit]

Media[edit]

A Budweiser commercial shown during Super Bowl XLVIII used this song.[11]

The intro and first half of the first verse were used in the UK television show, Stella in episode 7 of season 3.

It was used also in Season 7 finale of the Canadian Show Heartland as the send-off song.

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format
United States 24 July 2012 (2012-07-24) Digital download
Europe 5 November 2012 (2012-11-05)
United Kingdom 22 February 2013 (2013-02-22) CD single
United States 29 April 2013 (2013-04-29) Radio airplay
Canada 13 May 2013 (2013-05-13)

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